Thousands of school kids decked out in custom made eclipse shirts and countless people from all over the region filled the bleachers at a packed Houck Stadium on Monday to see the celestial event of the year. Some students came from as far as Risco, Mo. to see the total solar eclipse in Cape Girardeau.
With hours to go before the main event, two high-altitude weather balloons were launched into the stratosphere from the field. The balloons were part of a collaboration between the university and Space Center Houston-Manned Space Flight Education Foundation.